One thing that seems clear, is that the new National Reso-Phonic Co. has avoided one of the problems of its distant ancestor, National/National Dobro/Valco (?) etc. #They use the best quality materials, excellent fit and finish, etc. #I love old Nationals from the '30's -- own a Style 0 guitar, Havana wood-body guitar, and Duolian mandolin -- but some of the details are a bit haphazard. #The Style 0 needed a neck plane and re-fret to correct a warp, had to have tuners replaced, etc. #The tailpiece on the mandolin cracked in half and had to be replaced -- luckily I found a "period" replica. #I have talked to other old National owners who have mentioned not fully seasoned wood in necks, mediocre quality metal parts, etc.
New Nationals aren't cheap, but then, neither were the originals; National guitars were pricier than Martins "back in the day." #There's a flood of "National copy" instruments coming from Asia, and I've succumbed to temptation and acquired a Johnson resonator ukulele and tri-cone guitar (since traded on the Havana). #But I have sincere admiration for the high quality of the new Nationals, and I'm glad to see the success of National Reso-Phonic.
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